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The Work Goes On

The Apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith'
Luke 17:5-10

Sermon Topic Faith

Sermon Week Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 17:5

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In the chapters of Luke's Gospel leading up to the episode in today's Lesson, Jesus gave His disciples a lot to live up to. He told them that if they were going to be His followers, they would have to practice humility: "For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Lk. 14:11).

He told them that if they were going to be His followers, they would have to bear their own cross: "Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot be my disciple" (Lk. 14:27).

He told them if they were going to be His followers, they would have to "count the cost" (Lk. 14:28).

In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, He told them if they were going to be His followers, they would have to be reconcilers; they would have to forgive and forget (Lk. 15:11-32). He told them if they were going to be His followers, they would have to make a clear choice between God and money: "No servant can serve two masters ... You cannot serve God and mammon" (Lk. 16:13). And the list goes on ... and on! Now, in today's Lesson, the disciples seem to be struggling with these demanding teachings. They come to the Lord and say, "Increase our faith!" (Lk. 17:5).

Right on point is the story of a man who was crossing the desert, in the days of the early American Pioneers. He had run out of water and was dying of thirst. Suddenly, he spotted a water pump near an abandoned shack. He inched his way to the pump, mustered up enough strength to work the handle, but nothing happened; no water came. Then he noticed a jug near the pump with a note attached. The note read: "There is just enough water in this jug to prime the pump, but not if you drink some first. This well has never gone dry, even in the worst of times. Just pour the water from the jug into the pump and pump the handle quickly. After you [...]

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